February is National Parent Leadership Month! This commemorative month celebrates and recognizes parents who lead in their families, schools, and communities. The San Francisco Human Services Department defines parent leadership as “…when parents gain the knowledge and skills necessary to function in leadership roles and present a “parent voice” to help shape the direction of their families, programs, and communities…” (Stewart, 2008, p.1).

Parental involvement in the school and community is essential on many levels. As advocates for family and community issues, parent leaders dissipate invisible barriers between families and local administrations. Often, parents contribute expertise, knowledge, insight, and experience to school programs that would otherwise not be available to teachers and administrators. Parents bring perspective to school officials that benefit other families. Most importantly, relationships are forged that build trust and cooperation in the community.

To the many parents and families that volunteer and contribute to their schools and communities, thank you! For those who have yet to engage the local school or community program, there is a world of relationships, goodwill, mutual support, and sense of purpose waiting for you! Your family’s teachers and coaches want to participate with you. Your  childrem will experience you in a refreshing way, and love it. You will be suprised at how much your community will benefit from the smallest amount of care you give. You will be suprised at how rewarding your efforts will be. Thank you in advance!

Stewart, P, MD (2008). National Parent Leadership Month Proclamation. Retrieved from http://www.sfhsa.org/1926.htm.com